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So, Gardener Dozois has put together a list of recommended SF reading here. I've read 36 of the novels he's got on the list, but I've gotta argue with some of his picks. What do you, my SF geek compatriots think of the list?

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Of the authors on that list that I've read, he missed the mark nearly every time. He missed all of Heinlein's best works (except 'Moon is a Harsh Mistress', which is certainly the best among those he picked). He did the same for Clark and Herbert. And he missed several excellent sci-fi authors entirely, whose golden age work was the basis for a lot of the other items he listed.

Overall, I give him a B for effort, and a C for accuracy. He's still got many items listed that are excellent works, but he's missing a lot of the classics.

Too much Larry Niven, not enough David Niven. :)

Apparently I'm not a SF geek. I don't think I've ready any of the books on that list. But then I'm a Fantasy buff personally.

I noticed a distict lack of classics on there like "Stanger in a Strange Land" or "Farenheit 451", as well as some cult classics like "Snowcrash". *shrug*

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While I don't consider myself sufficiently well-read to critique the list (I've only read... 14? ...of the novels on the list), I recommend the anthologies The Good Old Stuff and The Good New Stuff compiled by Mr. Dozois. I found them an enjoyable read.

Missing a lot and some of his choices are a bit... off.
Why the hell should I read "Bill the Galactic Hero"? I mean, I have... but that's not the point. I'd never actually reccomend it to anyone. Ever.

Granted, more people should read Kornbluth and Pangborn, if only because they have such great names. But how could you list Kornbluth and fail to mention "The Marching Morons" or "Gomez".

I dunno. I think it's a mixed bag.

You should read "Bill the Galactic Hero" because it's funny, dagnabbit!

When it comes to Disch, I greatly preferred The Genocides to 334, but I guess tastes can and will vary.

Ouch, I fail. I've only read 3 of the novels listed. I've read some different stuff by several of the authors listed, but honestly I'd never even heard of a good half of them. I need cultivating. Can you whittle it down to the 5 most important for me (already read Dune, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Ringworld. It is entirely possible that I've read more of them and forgot though)

Has anyone actually read "What Entropy Means to Me" by George Alec Effinger? I've tried a couple of times but my head always hurts by the third page.

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